The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
This is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It is about a boy named Shasta. He grew up on the seaside in Calormen with his father, a fisherman. One night a noble stops at the house for food and a place to sleep. Shasta overhears the noble trying to get his father to sell him. It is in this discussion that Shasta discovers that he is not actually the fisherman’s son but was found in a boat by the fisherman as a babe. Hearing this he goes to the stables to ponder whether this noble is a good man.
The noble’s horse listens to all of his ponderings and startles Shasta by telling him that this noble is a bad man and together they decide to run away. The horse, Bree, is a talking horse from Narnia who was taken as a colt and has lived in Calormen ever since. They decided to go to Bree’s homeland of Narnia, which is north of Calormen.
Between the fisherman’s hut and the capital of Calormen, Tashbaan, they meet Aravis. Aravis is fleeing from an arranged marriage to a much older man she finds disgusting. Her horse, Hwin, is also a Narian talking horse. The four of them make their way through the city having many adventures along the way.
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far! I think it’s because there’s no starting off in our world and going into Narnia. It just starts right off and goes. I liked how we got to see Edmund, Susan, and Lucy later in their reign in Narnia. It didn’t feel like it took half the story to get a little way into it and have the rest seem rushed. It flowed better than the others have, with maybe the exception of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
I have to admit, I was not expecting the twist at the end. I thought it might have simply been a case of similar looks, not twins. I can’t wait for the next book.
Spring Book Challenge: April is National Frog Month, so hop into a book with an animal in the title or about an animal.